Vehicle recalls happen all the time. One of the most recent and prominent examples is the Takata airbag recall, which impacted around 37 million cars in the United States. This defect has resulted in at least 20 deaths from 2009 to 2017.
While this recall made headlines, there are plenty of other recalls that go under the radar. It is possible your vehicle was part of a recall, but you have not even realized it yet. It is vital to check in with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from time to time to make sure your automobile was not part of any recalls recently. The organization's website will also contain information about what steps you can take if your vehicle does, in fact, have a defect.
Approximately one out of every four vehicles recalled stay on the road
There are a number of reasons why people do not repair broken vehicles. One report found that as many as 25 percent of vehicles stay on the road without receiving the necessary repairs. This amounts to millions of vehicles that pose a danger to the driver and everyone else on the road.
You need to check on recalls even if you have had your vehicle for a while. Although many recalls released concern vehicles manufactured within the last few years, recalls can date back over a decade. Recalls still occur for vehicles made between 2005 and 2006.
Check to make sure your car is safe
It is extremely easy to see if a recall is in place for your vehicle. You can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website. From there, you simply need to enter the vehicle identification number, or VIN, of your car to see if it requires any repairs. In the event it does, you should be able to take it to a dealership to receive a free repair. It is fast, efficient and could prevent an accident from occurring.